The Magic Word

(Author) (Illustrator)

Product Details

Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publish Date
11.3 X 9.1 X 0.3 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. His picture books include two Caldecott Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn. Among his other popular books are I Love You Like a Pig, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, and The Magic Word, illustrated by Elise Parsley. He lives in Oakland, California. You can visit him online at

Elise Parsley is the bestselling author and illustrator of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! She studied drawing and creative writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and more of her work can be found at Elise and her husband live in South Dakota.


"The stuff of kids' wildest dreams"--Kirkus Reviews
"A subversive take on the topic of manners that still manages to deliver a message about human decency."--The Horn Book
"[A] wild, relatable fantasy...This telling will resonate with (and tickle) the intended audience."--Booklist
"Barnett's narration hits all the right wry notes...while Parsley's expressive, exaggerated drawings give the story the tight narrative arc, visual breeziness, and snappy comic rhythms."--Publishers Weekly
Praise for EXTRA YARN: "There's nothing to say but perfect."--Lane Smith, New York Times bestselling author of IT'S A BOOK
Praise for THE CLOCK WITHOUT A FACE: "Clock seamlessly blends the playfulness of the kids' books we wished we had and the sophistication of [McSweeney's] trademark design."--Time Out Chicago
Praise for THE CLOCK WITHOUT A FACE: "Part The Westing Game, part Masquerade, this board book mystery lures readers in with its pentagonal shape, dry humor, and pages of intricate details."--Publishers Weekly
Praise for GUESS AGAIN: "An especially fun book to share"--School Library Journal
Praise for EXTRA YARN: "Understated illustrations and prose seamlessly construct an enchanting and mysterious tale."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for EXTRA YARN: "Klassen's deadpan, stylized illustrations impeccably complement Barnett's quirky droll writing."--School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for BILLY TWITTERS AND HIS BLUE WHALE PROBLEM: "Definitely funny and slyly subversive."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for THE CLOCK WITHOUT A FACE: "Ready to get your mind blown? Then dig into this."--Booklist (starred review)
Praise for OH NO! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World): "Santat's brilliantly hued digital illustrations are the perfect foil for Barnett's almost-wordless tale of a science project gone awry. A must-have."---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)